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India has homegrown international airlines like Air India the merged airline formed by merging Air India and Indian Airlines). These provide good connectivity within the country. In recent years, the government has allowed Indian private airlines like Jet Airways and Air Sahara to go international. There are daily flights to most imaginable places on Earth from a wide array of Indian airports.

Air India often offers the lowest rates for long haul flights to India, and is now steadily improving its services. The carrier earlier had a bad reputation for cancellations and operating ancient aircraft. Now it has started operating excellent aircraft with services and product equivalent to that of Singapore Airlines and uses excellent aircraft on many new routes such as the nonstop services from New York to India. It has very close links with Lufthansa and has been invited to join the Star Alliance.

From the United States, Continental Airlines offers nonstop daily service from Newark Airport to Delhi and Mumbai; Delta Airlines offers nonstop daily service from JFK International Airport in New York to Mumbai; Air India offers daily non-stop service to Mumbai and Delhi from JFK; and American Airlines offers nonstop daily service from Chicago to Delhi. Various European airlines offer connecting service through their European hubs from most major US cities and various Asian airlines offer connecting service from West Coast cities to India through their Asian hubs. Jet Airways also flies from New York to Delhi and Mumbai via Brussels.

Entries from Europe and Northern America are possible using many European airlines such as Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Air France .

From other parts of Asia, Singapore, Dubai and Doha have arguably the best connections to India with flights to all the major cities and many smaller ones. Air India, its subsidiary Air India Express, as well as Jet Airways and Air India  all have flights to Singapore. In addition, Singapore Airlines and its subsidiaries Silk air and Tiger Airways also offer reasonably good connections. If you find transiting Singapore too expensive for your liking, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok also offer reasonably good connections. Gulf flights were till very recently dominated by Emirates, Air India, Air India Express and Qatar Airways.